The Odds: Dustin Johnson Aims For Second Win Of Season

With the Masters set to tee off next week, the Shell Houston Open in Humble, Tex., serves as a final tune-up for several of the game’s top golfers.

Rory McIlroy, the 10-to-1 favorite at the LVH SuperBook this week and 8-to-1 favorite to win the Masters, will be under the microscope. If he’s able to turn in four consistent rounds at the Golf Club of Houston and avoid a weekend collapse, his short Masters price will look like a stronger play.

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Dustin Johnson (12-to-1) and Henrik Stenson (15-to-1) are expected to be McIlroy’s top competitors this week. Johnson has five top-10 finishes this season, including a win at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions tournament in November.

Stenson only has one top-10 finish, but has been improving over the course of the season, his missed cut in the Honda Classic notwithstanding. After finishing 31st at the WGC-HSBC Champions, Stenson finished 17th, 16th and fifth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Phil Mickelson (25-to-1) pulled a muscle in his side that forced him out of last week’s Valero Texas Open, but as of now, is planning to play in this weekend’s event. He should be watched closely this weekend, but bettors may want to think twice before wagering on him. With his priority being ready for the Masters, Mickelson can be expected to play things conservatively.

The Linemakers’ lean: We asked Brian Blessing for his thoughts on this week’s field, and he shared a few quick-hitters with us. “Rory McIlroy should be tough tuning up for the Masters, Jordan Spieth played well last week after a disastrous front nine, and look out for Geoff Ogilvy as his game is coming back together.”

ODDS TO WIN 2014 SHELL HOUSTON OPEN (LVH)

RORY McILROY 10-1
DUSTIN JOHNSON 12-1
HENRIK STENSON 15-1
MATT KUCHAR 20-1
JORDAN SPIETH 20-1
SERGIO GARCIA 25-1
PHIL MICKELSON 25-1
KEEGAN BRADLEY 25-1
CHARL SCHWARTZEL 30-1
HUNTER MAHAN 30-1
GRAHAM DeLAET 30-1
JIMMY WALKER 30-1
BILL HAAS 30-1
WEBB SIMPSON 40-1
LUKE DONALD 40-1
STEVE STRICKER 50-1
CHRIS KIRK 50-1
JASON KOKRAK 50-1
IAN POULTER 60-1
LEE WESTWOOD 60-1
RICKIE FOWLER 60-1
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN 60-1
CHARLES HOWELL III 60-1
FREDDIE JACOBSON 60-1
CHARLEY HOFFMAN 60-1
RYAN PALMER 60-1
CHRIS STROUD 80-1
CAMERON TRINGALE 80-1
KEVIN CHAPPELL 80-1
J.B. HOLMES 80-1
BRENDAN STEELE 80-1
DANIEL SUMMERHAYS 80-1
RYO ISHIKAWA 100-1
GEOFF OGILVY 100-1
ERNIE ELS 100-1
KEVIN STADLER 100-1
RUSSELL HENLEY 100-1
MARTIN KAYMER 100-1
MATTEO MANASSERO 100-1
BRENDON DE JONGE 100-1
PETER HANSON 100-1
PAUL CASEY 100-1
JONAS BLIXT 100-1
SEUNG-YUL NOH 100-1
ROBERT GARRIGUS 100-1
NICOLAS COLSAERTS 125-1
PETER UIHLEIN 150-1
STEVEN BOWDITCH 150-1
D.A. POINTS 150-1
FIELD (all others) 5-2

TOURNAMENT MATCHUPS:
DUSTIN JOHNSON +105 vs. RORY McILROY -125
MATT KUCHAR -110 vs. HENRIK STENSON -110
SERGIO GARCIA +100 vs. JORDAN SPIETH -120
BILL HAAS +100 vs. CHARL SCHWARTZEL -120
GRAHAM DeLAET -120 vs. JIMMY WALKER EVEN
IAN POULTER -110 vs. LEE WESTWOOD -110
CHARLEY HOFFMAN -120 vs. FREDDIE JACOBSON +100
CHARLES HOWELL III -110 vs. RYAN PALMER -110
KEVIN CHAPPELL -110 vs. BRENDAN STEELE -110
RYO ISHIKAWA +100 vs. SEUNG-YUL NOH -120

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